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The Pros of Dental Laser Tissue Treatment

Advances in medical science and technology continue to provide the field of dentistry with more and more tools, such as dental lasers, to better your dental experience and results. Family & Cosmetic Dentistry of the Rockies is one of the few practices that offer innovative laser tissue treatment with the advantages of superior precision, minimized bleeding, reduced risk of infection, and accelerated healing. Patients also report significantly less pain and discomfort during and after treatment. Learn more about the advantages of laser dentistry and what it can do for the health of your smile!

What is Dental Laser Tissue Treatment?

Laser tissue treatment is a great alternative to surgery for performing dental procedures. When it comes to dental issues such as tooth removal, periodontal treatment and procedures that are more invasive, surgery is often done. However, many patients fear the dentist, and surgery can just make that fear worst. Dental laser tissue treatment is an innovative servic1e that provides the advantages of superior precision with minimal bleeding. Studies have also shown that using lasers in dental treatments can help reduce the risk of infection and the presence of pain as well as accelerate healing.


There are actually two different types of dental lasers in laser dentistry: hard and soft. Both types of lasers can be used for child and adult patients. According to the Consumer Guide to Dentistry, these different dental lasers have different absorption characteristics, so they are used for different types of procedures. When we talk about absorption, we are referring to what the teeth and gums are made out of and how well they absorb the laser light to receive effective benefits during procedures. Because lasers use light to work, their power depends on the amount of energy they carry. That energy is carried on a wavelength as it travels to your mouth. The shorter the wavelength, the more energy it carries. The longer the wavelength, the less energy it carries.

Hard and Soft Tissue Dental Lasers

  • Hard Tissue Laser – These lasers cut through hard tissues (hence the name) such as bone. Their laser wavelength is absorbable by the calcium phosphate salt that you find in the bone and teeth of the mouth. We can cut into your hard tissues with extreme precision, much more than we could do without the lasers.
  • Soft Tissue Laser – These are used for the soft tissues of the mouth that are rich in water and blood. Soft tissue lasers are extensively used for periodontal treatment, which are our services meant to treat gum disease and other gum issues. They are able to kill bacteria and help tissues regenerate. When using a laser for these type of treatments, the lasers seal blood vessels and nerve endings, allowing patients to feel little or no pain during the procedure.

What Can Lasers Do?

Dental lasers have a wide range of abilities that make them excellent tools for performing dental services. The versatility of these lasers allow them to perform actions such as:

  • Correcting a gummy smile.
  • Detecting subsurface cavities that x-rays and other methods can’t find.
  • Disinfecting the cavity of a tooth prior to filling with its focused light.
  • Reshaping gum and bone tissue. This helps to expose healthier tooth structures, which creates a stronger foundation for tooth restoration placement to be successful.
  • Sealing tubules at the root of the tooth that helps to treat hot and cold sensitivities.
  • Removing soft tissue folds created painlessly by ill-fitting dentures.
  • Painlessly removing benign rumors inside the mouth, including the gums, cheeks, palate, and lips.
  • Treating cold sores while helping to heal them faster with less pain.
  • Accelerating the teeth-whitening process. This process is significantly faster with laser light.
  • Conducting regular and deep cleanings that help remove plaque and hard-to-remove tartar. Lasers are very beneficial for scaling and root planing.
  • Treating Thermomandibular Joint Syndrome (TMJ) that helps relieve pain, headaches and other symptoms.

How Can They Benefit You?

For our patients that fear surgery, laser dentistry is a less invasive way to receive treatments for many dental issues. There is minimal bleeding and many patients report feeling less pain when dental lasers are used. This is because the laser is able to seal off blood vessels as it works, which encourages faster blood clotting. Lasers naturally cauterize the area where they are used, so few stitches are needed for procedures, if at all. This can also help speed up the healing process and reduce your risk of infection because you don’t have an open wound. The heat from the laser also sterilizes the area immediately during treatment.

How do patients feel less pain? Dental lasers seal nerve endings during procedures. Nerves are what signal the brain that you are in pain. When they become sealed, it results in less pain (if any). If you have an impaired or depressed immune system, laser dentistry is a perfect option for you, as there is faster healing and less infection. You can also avoid many antibiotics and their side effects, especially because of the decrease in or absence of pain. Heal quicker and avoid post-procedure pain by choosing laser dentistry.

Try Laser Dentistry Today!

Lasers are very precise when used correctly, and are smoother options when it comes to performing a dental treatment. Our office is one of the few in Colorado that uses laser dentistry. Our dentists are highly trained and skilled in laser tissue treatment, so you can be sure you are in good hands when you choose Family & Cosmetic Dentistry of the Rockies for your dental procedure. If you would like to give laser dentistry a try today, simply call our office at (970) 223-8425 to schedule your free consultation!